Trellian Webpage

Site design tips



A basic web page consists of :

Title/logo
A title and logo are usually situated at the top of the page. The title should be large enough to stand out from the rest of the page. An example of a title would be "John Smith Plumbing".

Navigation
If you are creating a web site that contains more than one page, you will need to create links to the other pages on your website. These links are referred to as "navigation". The navigation links can be plain text links, or you can use different images for each page (link) by adding a link to the image.

Some common placement for the navigation links are horizontally underneath the title, or vertically down the left or right side of the page. Tables are commonly used to organise and display the layout of the page. It is also common to list the navigation links along the very bottom of the page in plain text.

Each page should have an easily accessible link back to the home (main/index/starting) page.

The navigation should be in the same location on every page.


Color schemes
While a hot pink and lime green web page may appeal to you, it is important to pick a color scheme that is easy on the eye, and will not offend the majority of visitors.


Page content
Try not to put too many large images or videos on a page, as there are many people who are still using dial up (very slow) connections to the Internet. If a page takes too long to load, visitors may give up and go elsewhere.

Break up large blocks of text into paragraphs. Too much text in a large block can be difficult to read may put off some visitors.

Most visitors will read the first few sentences on the page before deciding whether the site is useful and they will stay on the site, or if they will leave. Make sure the first paragraph contains the important information that you wish to convey to your visitors.

Don't use a small font. By using a small font, you may deter visitors who are unable to read your page content.

While a Flash movie on the index page may look great, its important to remember that not all visitors will have the required Flash plugins installed. This also applies to other plugins such as video and audio codecs, and Javascript.